On Wednesday 2 September Prince Carl Philip carried out an engagement at the Royal Palace. He handed out scholarship prizes to the winning artists from The Thinking Hand – The King’s Scholarship Contest for Young Artists.
The fund was established in honour of the King’s 70th birthday in 2016 as a way to promote and support young artists. Its goal is to show the special interaction between eye and hand to develop thinking and to promote the importance of visual design.
Prince Carl Philip was an especially appropriate choice to present the awards as design is one of his passions. He has studied graphic design throughout his education, including one year at the Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. He also formed the design company Bernadotte & Kylberg. The company is a collaboration with his friend Oscar Kylberg who is one of Carl Philip’s younger son, Prince Gabriel’s godparents. Due to his design experience, Prince Carl Philip sat on the jury that chose the winners for this year’s competition.
The competition was held earlier this year, for the first time virtually due to the pandemic. Prince Carl Philip awarded scholarships to the three recipients chosen this year: Felix Vasquez Aguilera, Kristin Karlsson, and Tomas Lundgren. Each winner will receive 100,000 kronor (£8,781 at today’s rates) scholarships.
You can view the winning submissions and the entrees of all the nominees here.